cornea is the clear front
of the eye that covers the colored iris and the round pupil. The cornea
is essential to good vision. As the eye?s outermost tissue, the cornea
functions like a window that controls the entry of light into the
eye. If the cornea is damaged it may become swollen or scarred. In
either case, its smoothness and clarity may be lost. This can cause
blurred vision or loss of vision.
40,000 corneal transplants are performed each year in the United States.
Of all transplant surgery done today ? including hearts, lungs, and
kidneys ? corneal transplants are by far the most common and successful.
Utilizing donor corneal tissue, Dr. Jacobs has helped hundreds of
his patients recover their sight through this remarkable procedure.
should surgery be done ?
rigid contact lenses may help some types of corneal scarring or irregularity.
A corneal transplant is needed when corneal damage or disease results
in vision that cannot be corrected satisfactorily or painful corneal
swelling that cannot be relieved with medication.
happens once you decide to have surgery ?
deciding to have a corneal transplant, your name is put on a list
at the San Diego Eye Bank. Corneas used for transplantation are obtained
from donor eyes and are collected within a few hours after the demise
of the donor. They are carefully inspected for suitability and routine
testing is performed to assure a healthy donor cornea. After testing
and processing, the corneas are held in eye banks and distributed
locally, nationally, and sometimes internationally for patients awaiting
Dr. Jacobs performs corneal transplant surgery on an outpatient
basis. It is performed under local anesthesia.
the final stage of the procedure, Dr. Jacobs will suture the new donor
tissue into position. At the conclusion of the operation, he will
place a shield over the eye.
to expect after surgery ?
Since Dr. Jacobs performs this procedure on an outpatient basis,
patients come in for their surgery in the morning and return home
by that afternoon. All patients are seen by Dr. Jacobs at his office
the following day. Postoperative care consists of eye drops, eyeglasses
or an eye shield for protection. Regular visits are required to monitor
cornea is clear and has no blood vessels, which results in very slow
healing. The sutures need to remain in place for at least one year.
Vision improves slowly over the first several months, and may not
completely stabilize until all sutures have been removed. However,
it is often possible to prescribe glasses or fit contact lenses during
the healing process. Most normal activities, except exercise, may
be resumed shortly after the procedure.
Jacobs, Corneal Transplant Specialist
Dr. Jacobs is fellowship trained in corneal transplant surgery.
This means that he has the advanced training and surgical expertise
to insure that you receive the highest quality care and attain the
best possible results.
the past 20 years, Dr. Jacobs has had the pleasure to restore the
vision in hundreds of people who have suffered from loss of vision
due to corneal disease.